Berkshire Czech Pilsner | Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Berkshire Czech PilsnerBerkshire Czech Pilsner

Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Replaced by Busker

Added by Kegatron on 05-29-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Walken
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Berkshire: Czech Pilsner (No bottling date) (Tasted 07/11/10)
22 oz. bottle, poured into a dimple mug.

Appearance: Sparkling with supreme clarity, this amber tinged golden beer fills the glass topped by a solid looking three millimeter head that retains admirably.
Odor: Assertive floral hop character with aromas of honeysuckle and lavender, fresh cut grass in back. Solid rich bready malt on the nose as well.
Consistency: Spot on. Zesty, crisp carbonation on a light bodied beer with a decidedly malty demeanor.
Taste: Bread crust, crackers, cracked pils malt balanced perfectly by a light wave of citric/spicy hop bitterness. Hints of lemony hop flavor accentuate a muted tang, almost like that of wheat malt. Malt & hop flavors carry through strong into the dry finish, this beer cleans up very nicely, leaving one desirous of another sip.

Glad that BBC is sticking to their guns and brewing great beers to style, this is no exception, phenomenal!

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Photo of SirSketch
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Tanned yellow and crystal clear color. The head is dense on the surface, Champagne-like underneath and has an amazing sticky lace.

S - The earthly, slightly musty hop aroma is noticeable a foot away from the glass. The malt influence is mainly straw and freshly crushed, and there is a bit of apple and even a small amount of spice (not sure if this comes from hops or yeast).

T - Wonderful! The malt character is so distinct, it is as if you can taste a handful of the grain that was used in the mash. The taste of grits comes to mind while drinking. Ends acidic and with minimal bitterness and, again, some spice.

M - Light-medium body and dry. Could be more carbonated.

O - Easily one of the best pilsners I've tried. Incredibly flavorful, as well as dry and refreshing.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Time to break out the pilsner glass for this beer. Been a while.

Pours with the distinctive bight white fluffy head that builds up the flute of the pilsner glass. Really nice retention and it slowly settles looking like whipped egg whites. My favorite component holds true here which is that the head can rise about a 1/2 inch above the rim of the glass. Bright brass color with perfect clarity and some sparkling carbonation rising to the surface. Lots of lace remains. A good looking pilsner indeed.

Aroma is bright and fresh. Light dough, grassy, a little whiff of light white pepper.

Wow, very nice. Quite bready with just a touch of bitterness to off set a bright light lemon sense along with some grass notes. Finishes with more bread.

Light, refreshing and almost creamy. Quite nice.

This is right on the spot for the style. Sometimes it’s just a treat to drink a nice pilsner. This fits the bill and is obviously a fresh bottle.

Nicely done.

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Photo of Lothar666
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

When my tap at home ran dry I Scored a log of this limited edition offering from BBC kind of by accident without realizing right away what it was that I had gotten my hands on. Now that I have had the opportunity to try it my only regret is that this was the last keg of it available in the state.

This sample was served in a pilsner glass in my man-cave upstairs.

A- Hazy, cloudy translucent blonde body with a stark white creamy head. Very appealing.

S- Simple is sometimes better. Nothing too specific here, just the clean, fresh and crisp notes of two row malt with a slight grassy or clover fragrance to it.

T- Sweet and delicious with a grassy clover flavor and a clean crisp finish with only a slight sweet aftertaste to speak of which only leaves the mouth wanting more. I have a feeling one log of this will not be enough.

M- Light bodied, not syrupy at all, slightly grainy, very pleasant.

D- This one goes down extremely easy,like water only much more delicious. It makes me glad that I have 5 gallons of it on tap. Still, I don't think this is going to last me very long.

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a few bottles in early July, during the early part of the release.

Pours a beautiful golden with a nice inch head in a pilsner glass. Aroma is what I'm used to with other great lagers.

Damn this beer is solid. Great balance between a slighthly sweet malt and some finishing crisp hops. Unlike prior years, this is a really clean lager. I could drink this all day in the summertime - heck I'd drink this year round.

Though Berkshire specializes in English-style ales, they make great lagers when they put their minds to it.

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Photo of jbertsch
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Looks like a classic gold pilsner. Shiny almost, with a big frothy head.

Aroma is of clean, crisp malts. Faint hops, not as much hop aroma as the label touts. Some simple caramel notes and little husk round out the aroma.

The taste is simple, yet so solid. Nice touch of honey sweetness on top of cracker-like malts. Touch of grassy hops. Smooth mouthfeel. The carbonation is sufficient, but fades quickly on the tongue.

GREAT drinkability. Goes down way too easy.

Often pilsners are overlooked by beer geeks because they're not "big" and exciting. This pilsner shows craft and deserves attention.

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Photo of SABERG
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pilsner straight body glass

A - Very nice deep yellow, very active and steady carbonation.
S - Sweet malt, hints of grass, touch of earth, compelling.
T - Balanced, malts are light, a short snap of hops. Pils all the way, fine representaion.
M - Smooth early, a hint of oils towards the end.
Light and refreshing.

O - Berkshire has again balanced a beer between strict representation to style and its own siganture. A great seasonal.Seek it out and enjoy

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Photo of RunawayJim
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice golden color. I think if I had to really give it a name, I'd say it's maize. There's a nice fluffy white head on top, about two fingers thick. You can see the beautiful bubbles rising to the top. Pilsners happen to be, at least in my (usually not so) humble opinion, one of the most beautiful beers when poured properly. It doesn't matter what kind of glassware you use, they still look amazing. Though I will admit, the pilsner glass adds to that a bit.

The aroma has hints of the grassy, spicy hops and just a slight hint of the sweet malt. Upon first sip, you're hit with those hops. As it lingers in your mouth, you get the nice sweeter malt flavors. It's really hard to describe their flavor as they don't hang around too long before the flavor turns back to the hops and leaves a nice dryness. It's really hard to stop drinking this one. The carbonation in this beer, though relatively effervescent in the glass, is more mild in the mouth, though you can feel it tingle a bit on your tongue. It helps this beer go down easy, keeping it refreshing. While it may not be huge in-your-face flavor, it's just the perfect amount of flavor with a nice dry finish. This is exactly the kind of beer needed on such a beautiful day. I see myself buying more of this beer in the future. It's another excellent beer from a great brewery.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Bomber bottle poured into a pint glass in two parts.

Appearance: Nice light, bright yellow color with a really fluffy, two finger white head. Really good retention.

Aroma: Bubblegum and pale malt sweetness with some mild herbal hops. Really nice balance throughout.

Taste: Nice balance of floral, earthy hops and some malt sweetness. Really a surprising amount of flavor for a pilsner and near perfect balance. Not bitter at all.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a bit of a dry finish. Perfct carbonation.

Overall, this is by far my favorite pilsner to date and I think its a homerun for its style. Incredibly easy to drink and refreshing and more than a bargain at four dollars a bomber.

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Photo of DrJay
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear gold with a fluffy white cap. Good head retention, lots of sticky lacing clung to the glass. Very hoppy aroma, floral and slightly fruity, lemon zest, with a little bit of spiciness. Slight sulfur character as well. Hiding behind the hops is a delicate maltiness that's easy to miss at first. Bitterness was present throughout, balanced rather than being up front and bracing. I was expecting a little more of a bitterness kick from the hops, but it ended up working with this beer and there was certainly a lot of hop flavour jammed in here - floral for the most part, with a fruity and spicy finish. Clean maltiness provided a bit of sweetness. Dry and medium bodied, average carbonation, crisp. Quite good. Much better than most lagers being churned out by otherwise respectable craft breweries in the US (other than several in PA) and a solid pils. I enjoyed it and will be picking up a few more of these in the near future.

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Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice big fluffy head rises up to almost 2 fingers but fades semi quickly at first before it slows. The beer is mostly clear with a nice toasty golden straw color with a nice deep color to it. It leaves a very slight lacing on the sides as well.

N: Mmm, almost perfect pilsener nose. Nice light malts, slight straw, some wheat, toasty malts, a nice crisp lager aroma, and with all that some light grassy mild hop effervescence with a light very nice noble hop character.

T: Wow, this is a really nice pilsener. Very crisp lager flavor, very refreshing. Some nice malts, slightly toasty, light wheat, and a straw flavor too. It also has a slight dry yeast flavor that gives it a slight Belgian saison flavor. All that with a very mild bitterness and hints of noble grassy hops.

M: Medium to lighter body with good carbonation.

F: Finishes very clean and crisp, just as it should. A slight lingering sticky feel takes away from it a bit. Some lingering toasty malts and lager flavors, as well as that dry lager yeast like straw slight saison etc flavor is there just a tad. A slight bitterness in there too and the slightest memory of the noble hops, as well as a mild grassy hop taste. Mostly dry but that slight sticky sweetness sticks, perhaps the only flaw.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dave from BBC for sharing this bottle with me!!
Appears a pale and clear yellow with a fluffy white head. Some nice lacing.
Smells citrusy, crisp hops, light malt.
Taste is a wonderful blend of hop crispness and light malt sweetness.
Light body with nice carbonation and super smooth.
Well I think I have found my new favorite summer brew !

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Photo of Sam21
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into flute.

Appearance - Pours a brilliant and clear gold color with a thick white head. Nice rings of lace.

Smell - Sweet biscuity malts and some floral hope aromas. Very balanced and inviting.

Taste - Sweet and lightly buttered biscuits with some mild spiciness. Hops don't command any sort of presence in the finish. Very clean and dry finish. Balanced, just like the nose.

Mouthfeel - Solid medium body. Lots of mouth coating carbonation.

Drinkability - Complex, balanced, and very drinkable. I really enjoyed this beer and think that it is a great addition to the Berkshire seasonal lineup!

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Photo of Robtobfest
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours crystal clear golden yellow with a 1 finger sticky head. Very pretty Pils!

S- wow this smells fresh! Bready ,alts first backed by some crisp hops-Saaz. This does not have the hops of say a Prima Pils, but more traditional.

T- The taste surprises me. Better than I thouhg this would be. Berkshire makes solid brews but this is a gem! Nice crisp, fresh pils for a hot summer day. Very impressed with this offering.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with lively carbonation.

Overall, this is one of Berkshire's finest offerings. Expertly crafted and I have to say, better than Prima Pils in my opinion. Less hops, but better crafted overall. Great beer to sit in a lawnchair and admire your freshly manicured lawn!

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Photo of rudzud
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at Julio's Liquors. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice crystal clear golden colour with a white one finger head atop the brew that fades to leave a nice halo and good white flecks.

S - Nice sweet malts and grains along with nice light Saaz hop notes.

T - Wow. Very surprised. Sweet bready malts and more of the musky Saaz hops. Very fresh and clean tasting.

M - A very nice and refreshing mouthfeel. Very clean finish.

O - Overall I was quite impressed with this offering from Berkshire Brewing Company. Always support local, and with beers like this they make it very easy.

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Photo of msolar
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I just put this on tap at home and it's good - my buddy who was over the night I put it on tap was raving about it the entire night. I'm glad my beer guy held one for me, despite me leaving it his store for over a month.

It had a huge head on it for the first few glasses - I may need to turn my Co2 down even though it's been good for other beers (I think it's at ~14 psi).

Flavor is great - It's definitely a good session beer. It has a bit of hoppy-ness to it but the bitterness is offset by some sweetness in the form of added spices. The sweet aftertaste (sort of metallic) could be toned down a bit but it's a great beer - a really nice alternative to the uber-hoppy IPA's out there right now.


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Photo of smcolw
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Moderate head, but it settles slowly with some decent lumps. Some streaky lace. Light golden color with a continual series of fine bubbles working upward. Hazy.

Light, frothy raw grain barley aroma. Some malt is present. There's the lightest of hops in the mix. Very true to style.

Far more hoppy in the taste than in the smell. Grainy start but it fades rapidly to the bittering hop. The body is not quite as light as most pilsners. Long, bitter aftertaste. Refreshing.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, thanks Cody. Pours a clear light orange with a small white head. Largely blank nose with some light grains and hops, certainly nothing off-putting though. Flavor is good, though I'm a sucker for this style. Very good balance between malt and hops, this comes off as fresh and bright, with a short, crisp finish. Super nice flavor here. Not as grassy as many Czech pils, but the balance and profile is superb. A lot of people will pass this one over as it's not super exciting, but it's quite well crafted.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Berkshire Brewing Czech Pilsner
22 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a golden straw yellow with a frothy head on top. Ample amounts of sticky lace cling to the sides of the glass.

The nose is pleasant and clean with whiffs of freshly baked bread and grains. There is also a floral presence as well.

A super clean and crisp pilsner. The malt backbone has a bread and dough quality to it. This is such a drinkable and smooth lager in so many ways. There is a mini hop bite and lemon wedge zing on the finish, but overall the beer is extremely well balanced.

Probably one of the better session beers I've sampled in quite some time.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 8/4/10 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short dense white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of bready malts, lager yeast and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then a little complementary sweetness comes in. The hops presence is on-target for the style and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a very good sessionable beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of Dope
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by 10/23/14. I assume probably brewed around April so less than two months old.

A: Pours a not-quite-clear golden amber. Good sized and very fizzy light tan head. Almost soda like for a moment. Head fades pretty fast as you can probably guess. Zero lacing at all but halfway decent retention.

S: Huh, nice. Lightly grassy with a nice sweet citrus aroma to boot. There is a nice sweet...melon in there too? It halfway reminds me of Midori (melon liquor). I really like it.

T: Again, grassy with melons and a crisp, tart lemon. Typical pilsner malt with a dry crackery flavor that's got an edge of sulfur. Nice sweet melony flavors balance the crisp pilsner character. Especially in the finish, that sharp bitter sulfur really hits with bitter orange peel and grass. Very dry finish.

M: Light/medium bodied, crisp and balanced.

O: Exceptionally tasty and balance pilsner. It has a nice sweet grainy and melony character that balances out the dry, bitter and crisp pilsner character that you normally expect. Drinkability is EXCEPTIONAL as a result. This may be the best czech pilsner I've ever had. Nearly perfect.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle served in a pilsener glass. Best by 01/04/2011 indicated on the bottle. Pours a translucent orange gold with copious tiny bubbles effervescing from the base of the glass to the underside of the cap. Head is one inch, bright white and latte-like. Nose is citrusy with grains and a kiss of Saaz hops. Taste consistent with nose - cereal grains are expressed and there is also a touch of sweetness in the mix. Finishes with a combination of lemony citrus and a mild hops bittering. Mouthfeel is light bodied and lively with a crisp finish. An extremely pleasant and drinkable Czech Pilsener. Having had both the bottle and draft version, I have to say that I found the bottle to be the more preferable of the two.

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Photo of palma
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Darker golden slightly hazy body. Fizzy looking white head. Very thin lace throughout the session but lasting.

Nose is big floral. Weak Saaz hops. A slight, almost undetectable skunkiness.

Taste is very good. Wonderful light malted backbone. Nice grassiness that is not overwhelming as some others of this style
sometimes are. Strong enough hop profile, not very spicy but still complex enough to be interesting.

A close to excellent American made Bohemian pilsner. Definitely will pick this up again.

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Photo of psw
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a crystal clear, medium golden yellow into a Pilsner glass.
Nice white head with some lacing.
Floral with a hint of bready sweetness.
Nice, clean with a hint of bitterness. Nice clean finish.
Overall, an excellent Pilsner, especially good on a hot day after a bike ride.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased at the Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" tan head over the clear golden amber brew. Frothy head holds on, with Lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is light, consisting of balanced pale malts and tentative hops.

Taste starts with pale sweetness, cuts with a sharp lemonness, then crisp Saaz comes on strong at the close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is very nice. Yet another good brew from BBC.

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